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BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive: Going big on hybrid

BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive: Going big on hybrid

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There are advantages to driving a large SUV and for many, it's the ride height, the interior space and the feeling of safety lent by being the biggest thing around that drives appeal.  The downside, of course, is that you're hauling a huge amount of... >>

Motorola Moto 360 Sport review: Lifestyling sport
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto 360 Sport review: Lifestyling sport

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The second-gen Motorola 360 Android Wear watch has a special edition that's pitched towards sports training. That's obvious enough from its Moto 360 Sport namesake, perhaps bringing some clarity to a segment of wearable technology that's a little muddled... >>

Huawei P9: What's the story so far?

Huawei P9: What's the story so far?

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Huawei has had a busy few months, not only joining the Nexus programme with the excellent Nexus 6P, but also launching the great Huawei Mate S with a pressure sensitive display and more recently boosting its phablet line with the Mate 8. Of all the mobile... >>

Sony MWC 2016 press invites issued, little hint at what to expect

Sony MWC 2016 press invites issued, little hint at what to expect

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Sony has invited members of the media to its press conference at Mobile World Congress 2016, due to be held in Barcelona in February. The Sony launch event will be held on Monday 22 February, slotting into a typical space after big Sunday - the day we... >>

Best TVs of CES 2016: LG, Samsung, Panasonic and more

Best TVs of CES 2016: LG, Samsung, Panasonic and more

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Television has always been a big part of the Consumer Electronics Show hosted annually in Las Vegas. CES 2016 kicked off at the beginning of January, giving manufacturers the chance to show off their latest innovations in televisions, presenting the devices... >>

Best headphones and speakers of CES 2016: B&O, Naim, Philips and more

Best headphones and speakers of CES 2016: B&O, Naim, Philips and more

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CES 2016 always has a huge range of audio and visual delights, with headphones and speakers of all shapes and sizing wanting to entertain your ears. We paced the showfloor, picking out some of the most exciting new headphones and speakers coming your... >>

New Balance outlines Android Wear running watch plans

New Balance outlines Android Wear running watch plans

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New Balance has confirmed that it is embracing digital technology, with plans to launch a consumer running watch during 2016. Announcing a new Digital Sport division, the company has outlined that it wants to create a digital platform for runners, covering... >>

Kodak PixPro SP360 4K Action Cams can be paired up to film your 360 VR playground

Kodak PixPro SP360 4K Action Cams can be paired up to film your 360 VR playground

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Kodak has announced a new version of its PIxPro SP360 camera, stepping up to 4K, over the full HD version we've previously seen.  With virtual reality making a splash - Oculus Rift is coming in April for example – and compatible with Facebook and... >>

Sony's new players omit Ultra HD Blu-ray support

Sony's new players omit Ultra HD Blu-ray support

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Sony has announced two new players at CES 2016, but neither offer support for Ultra HD Blu-ray, the latest high-def video format being pushed by Samsung and Panasonic at the show. The first is pitched as a "high resolution premium audio and video player",... >>

Blinkbox gets renamed TalkTalk TV, but your content stays the same

Blinkbox gets renamed TalkTalk TV, but your content stays the same

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Last year TalkTalk took on Blinkbox, offloading the video streaming service from Tesco where it previously resided. In the immediate term, TalkTalk left Blinkbox as it was, but from today, it's started to change.  Blinkbox.com has now been renamed TalkTalk... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 video claims to spill next-gen design

Samsung Galaxy S7 video claims to spill next-gen design

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There's been a lot more rumour and speculation about the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 models than any other device expected for 2016. There were rumours of a CES launch – which hasn't come to pass – leaving us to expect a more typical launch at Mobile... >>

Watch the Samsung CES 2016 press conference right here

Watch the Samsung CES 2016 press conference right here

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Samsung hasn't revealed a huge amount about its line-up for CES 2016, although we're expecting big news about televisions, with a refresh to its SUHD TVs that proved popular in 2015. With LG kicking off press day and Sony still to come, Samsung is ready... >>

Nikon D5 official: New flagship, new shooting skills

Nikon D5 official: New flagship, new shooting skills

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Having confirmed that the D5 was in development late in 2015, Nikon has used CES 2016 to officially announce its new professional flagship camera. The Nikon D5 is a newly developed FX format digital SLR, replacing the aging D4 models, offering increased... >>

Nikon KeyMission 360 is a 360-degree 4K actioncam

Nikon KeyMission 360 is a 360-degree 4K actioncam

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Nikon has announced intentions to take on the actioncam market with the KeyMission 360, introduced at CES 2016.  This isn't the first 360 camera we've seen, but with a name like Nikon behind it, it's sure to garner some interest and this model is a little... >>

LG signs up to Freeview Play, coming with webOS 3.0 TVs in 2016

LG signs up to Freeview Play, coming with webOS 3.0 TVs in 2016

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Freeview Play is one of the newest TV platforms in the UK, serving up a combination of live broadcast television and integrated catch-up services, thanks to a programme guide that lets you look both forward and backwards, setting reminders or streaming... >>

Philips AmbiLux goes global, Ultra HD streaming added to Android TV skills

Philips AmbiLux goes global, Ultra HD streaming added to Android TV skills

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TP Vision has confirmed that the stunning Philips AmbiLux television first announced at IFA 2015, will be moving from limited to full distribution, so you should now be able to get your hands on the flagship 8901 AmbiLux or 8601 sets.  AmbiLux blows... >>

LG Signature OLED G6 TV aims to be a cut above the rest

LG Signature OLED G6 TV aims to be a cut above the rest

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LG took to the stage at CES 2016 to introduce its new line of ultra premium products known as LG Signature. LG Signature will span various technology categories, including domestic appliances and televisions. The aim is to put a better experience in the... >>

JBL jumps on the Under Armour fitness platform with heart-rate sensing headphones

JBL jumps on the Under Armour fitness platform with heart-rate sensing headphones

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HTC isn't the only company partnering with Under Armour at CES 2016: JBL has jumped on the UA bandwagon too. This partnership has resulted in UA headphones, engineered by JBL, looking to create the ultimate sports and fitness headset. With Under Armour... >>

Official: Surface Book pre-orders now open in the UK

Official: Surface Book pre-orders now open in the UK

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It's official: Surface Book is coming to the UK and pre-orders have now opened. When Microsoft announced availability during its big Windows 10 hardware love-in, there was one device missing from the selection that was confirmed for the UK: Surface Book.... >>

Oculus Rift pre-order: Date confirmed

Oculus Rift pre-order: Date confirmed

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Some spectators had suggested that CES 2016 was going to be all about VR. Well, Oculus Rift might have just stolen the show, teasing that the pre-order date is much sooner than you might think. In a simple blog post, Oculus has confirmed that pre-orders... >>

What is Wi-Fi HaLow and why does it matter?

What is Wi-Fi HaLow and why does it matter?

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There's a new wireless networking protocol in town and it comes to bring connectivity to the Internet of Things. Say hello to IEEE 802.11ah, or Wi-Fi HaLow to its friends. Wi-Fi HaLow is the latest specification from the Wi-Fi Alliance looking to expand... >>

Acer Liquid Jade Primo: Your non-Lumia Windows 10 smartphone

Acer Liquid Jade Primo: Your non-Lumia Windows 10 smartphone

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The Acer Liquid Jade Primo is your first non-Lumia option for Windows 10 phone, if you want something other than Microsoft's home grown device. The Acer Liquid Jade Primo was first shown off at IFA 2015, where it was initially revealed with a Continuum... >>

LG 98-inch 8K Super UHD TV is aimed at 2016, 4K options for mere mortals

LG 98-inch 8K Super UHD TV is aimed at 2016, 4K options for mere mortals

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LG has pulled the covers off some of its TV plans for the year at CES 2016, with a number of notable highlights, including its first production-ready 8K TV. LG confirmed that it's still committed to OLED, but will continue a two-pronged strategy, offering... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow tips and tricks

Android 6.0 Marshmallow tips and tricks

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow made its debut on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the first time we've seen two smartphones launched alongside each other in the Nexus programme.  Marshmallow has also made its way to other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 6, Nexus... >>

HP could return to smartphones with a 5.8-inch Windows 10 handset

HP could return to smartphones with a 5.8-inch Windows 10 handset

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Microsoft's strategy with Windows 10 is clear: it's one platform across all sorts of devices, Xbox, PC, tablets or smartphones. At the moment, the last category is rather under-populated, with only a smattering of Microsoft's own Lumia devices presenting... >>